featuring renowned tenor George Shirley
and rising mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson

Thursday, May 26th @ 8:00 PM

The Passing the Torch series is
made possible with support from the
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Can’t join us inside the House? Click the button below to watch the free livestream of this performance at showtime. (Free livestreams are only available this season during the actual showtime.

Kerrytown Concert House continues its community mentorship project connecting area master musicians with young, promising artists for a series of performances and mentorship conversations.

This edition of Passing the Torch pairs world-renowned tenor and National Medal of Arts recipient, George Shirley, with rising mezzo-soprano, Olivia Johnson. George Shirley has won international acclaim for his performances in the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Deutsche Oper, and more. Shirley was the first African-American to be appointed to a high school teaching post in music in Detroit, the first African-American member of the United States Army Chorus in Washington, D.C., and the first African-American tenor and second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for eleven years. Olivia Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Master’s degree while studying under George Shirley. She has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Rackham Choir, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Shirley and Johnson will perform classic and new works for voice at 8:00 p.m., and also host a pre-concert conversation/masterclass at 5:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts

  • Moving forward, all patrons and artists who wish to attend or present performances indoors at KCH must provide a valid, complete COVID-19 vaccination card OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the previous 72 hours prior to entry. Such proof must be presented at concert check-in, may be displayed on a smartphone OR presented as a physical copy, and must also be accompanied by a matching, valid ID for verification.**
  • Additionally, according to current CDC recommendations, masks are required for audiences inside the House and can only be removed when seated with a beverage (when available). When performing, artists may wear a mask, or not, at their own discretion.

**Proof of vaccination exceptions will be made for children under 5.  These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours prior to entry. 

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